Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Queen of Sheba lived here


Magnolia is born
Kehinde and Taiwo are here for the holidays.
Taiwo started a blog last night. Thanks to her, I tried out the blog search button in blogspot, which is a good way to find Nigerian people/news/blogs.

Can't stop talking
I finally got both visas I need to go to Yemen.
The Yemeni one is almost entirely in Arabic. I can read my name, country, and passport number. I didn't try to read much else.
I never thought before about the fact that people carry travel documents in various languages. To think that someone at an airport can say, "sure that's my name on the visa - in Arabic script or whatever."

I'm scheduled to leave Los Angeles on Monday, January 2, 2006, and arrive in Sana'a on Wednesday afternoon. It's usually a challenge to keep smelling decent on those day-plus flights...

The school I plan to attend provides meals and wireless internet access!
The school I switched from couldn't get me a visa. It's apparently a great place as well, with half the fees, fan-tastic location, and an extremely pleasant director. (Scroll down on the services page to see testimonials).
A third school was fully booked till February.
We worked out a new plan - new school, new visa application - in under two weeks, despite an eleven-hour time difference, several holidays for Christmas, and the fact that our weekend begins when theirs ends. (Friday is the Muslim Holy Day, remember?)

While I'm in Yemen, I think I'll study Arabic a lot, go out and meet people a bit, read a couple of novels, and do my research. Maybe I'll visit Aden, and go on any included excursions.

I really hope to be a highly motivated, changed beast after this I can focus for a year-and-a-half on doing my research, doing candidacy, doing more research, and writing a thesis. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it.


Anonymous said...

It's a lovely plan.

geon said...

enjoy! rixla saʿīda

DonCasiragi said...

Madam T, safe journey ojare. I hope you have fun (yeah it is a vacation- learning once i guess). Peace - keep us updated

Gary B said...

Hi Tosin,

I'm also trying to attend CALES and am having visa troubles. Would you mind emailing me about what happened to you and how you got past it?

My email is

Thanks in advance,

t said...

I just figured out Nir's message. It's (transliterated, sort of) Arabic for "happy trip."
It's so thrilling to know something now that I was so clueless about only one month ago.
Yay for learning!